Musculoskeletal Imaging Fellowship

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Cyrus Bateni, M.D.

Program Director: 
Cyrus Bateni, M.D.

Holly Lewin

Program Coordinator: 
Holly Lewin  
Phone: 916-734-5733

  • Education – Multiple interdepartmental conferences, most weekly, including:
    • Orthopedic Oncology Conference
    • Sarcoma Interdisciplinary Tumor Board
    • Friday Interesting Case Conference
    • Friday Intergalactic Teleconference
    • Musculoskeletal Radiology Residency Conferences
    • Arthroscopy – MR Correlation Conference

  • Clinical construct to ensure fellows review studies that match their interests (such as MRI) while faculty focus on radiography

  • Sufficient interpretative volume for fellows (>6000 MRIs, >5000 CTs, and >100,000 total musculoskeletal exams per year)

  • Collaborative relationship with the department of orthopedics – reading room abuts the orthopedic surgery clinic with frequent interactions with members of orthopedics

  • Level 1 Trauma Center – One of the five busiest within the US

  • Overall balanced clinical experience, including oncology, trauma, sports medicine, and arthritis

  • Internal moonlighting, if interested

  • Academic time

  • Elective time

You will work primarily from the Lawrence Ellison Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) located on our Sacramento campus. We review imaging studies from a number of outlying outpatient facilities within our health network, in addition to the main hospital, which is located on the same campus as the ACC.

The clinical workday of each fellow will be driven by their interests; MRIs, CTs, ultrasounds, procedures, and radiography are available, with what you do determined by you and your colleagues. As such there is no fellow assigned to any strict role (like reviewing radiographs all day), although most fellows focus on MRI, where there is ample daily volume for you.

With multiple conferences each week, these are the opportunity for us to teach and assist you and you to teach others. When fellows are assigned to conferences, they will have a faculty member also assigned to review the studies and answer questions.

Our goal is to prepare you as a well-rounded musculoskeletal radiologist – we hope to achieve this with regular conferences, clinical exposure, and appropriate oversight.

As with most fellowships, the majority of our graduates enter private practice positions after completion and we are here to support you if you choose academics or private practice. This includes research opportunities and accompanying academic time, teaching opportunities and job assistance if seeking an academic position. If private practice is in your future, we will assist in coordinating radiology electives, moonlighting opportunities and reaching out to close contacts in Northern California.

Cyrus Bateni

Cyrus Bateni, M.D.

My favorite part of working with fellows is the exchange of ideas between us. We are colleagues, and I like it when fellows teach me something new or challenge me on questionable diagnoses. It is your continually growing knowledge that makes me want to learn more and better myself. 

As the fellowship director, I have several goals for each fellow:

  1. Be exposed to all aspects of musculoskeletal imaging, including radiography, CT, MRI, ultrasound, and image guided procedures
  2. Be prepared to work independently as an attending physician, for whatever your job may be after the fellowship
  3. Support work life balance by providing reasonable work hours, work volume, and scheduling flexibility
David Chen

David Chen, M.D.

The best part of academic radiology is being able to shape the next generation of radiology minds and knowing that they will be driving the profession forward. As much as I enjoy discovering the intricacies of musculoskeletal imaging, my primary commitments are to teaching trainees and providing high-quality patient care. I believe the UC Davis musculoskeletal radiology fellowship is a valuable and positive training experience because of the shared curiosity, open dialogue, and collaborative learning that happens each and every day.

Dillon Chen

Dillon Chen, M.D.

I enjoy mentoring trainees of all levels, from medical students through musculoskeletal fellows. The UC Davis MSK fellowship offers a balanced training program, providing fantastic exposure from tumors to sports medicine. We will work in a collegial and supportive environment. The career opportunities after fellowship will be abundant, from academic to private practice.

Matthew Stegman

Matthew Stegman, M.D.

Musculoskeletal Imaging

Matthew Stegman was born in Germany and spent many early years traveling in a military family before settling in Northern California. He attended Dominican University of California and earned his undergraduate degree in Biology before attending Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine. He completed his transitional year at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, and then his radiology residency here at UC Davis. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two dogs, being active outdoors, and exploring food scenes locally and abroad.

We participate in the radiology fellowship match via the NRMP. Our application timeline follows that outlined by the NRMP and Society of Skeletal Radiology.

To apply, please submit the following materials to the program coordinator.

  1. A completed SSR MSK common application form
  2. Current CV
  3. Three letters of recommendation (including one from the director of your radiology residency program)
  4. USMLE transcripts
  5. Personal statement
  6. Current photo (to ensure we have the correct applicant with the correct file during rank period)

UC Davis adheres to national timelines, as outlined by the Society of Skeletal Radiology (SSR) and Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments (SCARD). Specifically,

  • November 1: First day to accept applications
  • January 8: First potential day of interviews
  • March 31: Last potential day of interviews

See the Society of Skeletal Radiology website for up-to-date information on application and interview timelines.